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Purchasing medications online?

Post by Life takes a turn » November 20th, 2017, 5:40 pm

Hello all,

Would appreciate your insight here:

I've been on Entresto (49/51 mg) for the past year. I'm quite happy with it (I'm also on Coreg (25 mg - twice a day) and spironolactone (25 mg - once a day). That's all.

My renewal prescription for Entresto was was declined by my Insurance company today. I'm calling them tomorrow to figure out what's wrong.

I got a call from doctor's office saying that they were going to move me to valsartan (80 mg a day) & then take some blood work in a week to see how things are going. I have to say, I'm really, really reluctant to move away from a medication that seems to have worked quite well for me.

Ignoring cost for a second, do any of you have experience ordering medications from foreign (i.e., Canadian) websites? Any good / bad stories to tell?

Thanks in advance,

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Post by TruckerRon » November 22nd, 2017, 11:43 am

Ignoring cost for a second, do any of you have experience ordering medications from foreign (i.e., Canadian) websites? Any good / bad stories to tell?
No, but I'm aware that ordering anything online has its risks:
  • The product may be bogus.
  • The company may have unsafe (for you!) security on its site.
  • The post office may intervene if there's anything wrong or suspicious about the package.
Other than such concerns, I'm sure it's perfectly safe!
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Post by 4EverHopeful » November 22nd, 2017, 1:57 pm

I have used online pharmacy ordering from Canada for years and have had no issues. Using this link https://www.pharmacychecker.com you can compare quantities and prices between several pharmacies in Canada. It also lists what countries they use for their source of manufacturers. They verify each pharmacy on the list as legit.

Back in 2012 - 2014 my family had individual insurance but no prescription insurance. My husband and daughter's scripts were $800 per month. I heard about Canada and researched the web finding the link above. Picked and ordered from a pharmacy for over a year. Dropped my costs from $800 per month to $300 per month.

Hadn't used it again until this past month. One of my husband's newest scripts is not covered by his insurance. So I went back to link above and researched again, bingo a savings of $81 per quarter.

There's a little bit more of a hassle with online because it takes more work on your part. Have to get a printed out prescription from doctor's office to fax or email to Canada pharmacy, and plan ahead in not running out for refills. It can take 14-21 days to receive shipment since it has to go through customs. This past script I had to haggle with doctor's office because they all have, for the most part, gone to electronic prescriptions so print out is more or a hassle for them. Hope this helps!

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Post by mrag » November 22nd, 2017, 2:35 pm

When I was recently looking into possibly getting a Medicare Advantage Plan, one company did not cover Eliquis (blood thinner) and another did not cover Entresto which are rather expensive so Canada crossed my mind. Canada crossed my mind last November too but that's another story. Last year I needed to buy 18 Colchicine tablets because of gout. Colchicine is a great story and every American should read this, particularly the section titled History. How can one not love the FDA? In any event, my Walmart prescription plan in Pennsylvania gave me a price of around $170. Suzanne who lives in Canada checked the price for the exact same prescription at her local pharmacy. $17 (Canadian I think). Yep, one tenth the price. That's where one blurts out WTF!

Buying from Canada reportedly is not a worry regarding anyone's post office. I still do wonder about the quality and how do you know what you're getting. A lot of the same drugs are manufactured in India and Germany and just imported to Canada. Supposedly India has a penalty for counterfeiting drugs-death and that might be considered an efficient deterrent. If there was only a quick way to test whether you are really getting the real stuff? I'll write ROBO and see if could order and try some Canadian Cialis for us.
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Post by ROBO Pop » November 22nd, 2017, 4:02 pm

Thanks fer askin Keener. Canadian Cialis is better known as two- four. Doesn't really work but after a two-four who cares. golf2
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